We're #3. And that's not a good thing.
A recent study of traffic congestion in American cities has placed The Second City as the third most likely to suffer bottlenecks.
While the study by Seattle-based Inrix shows that traffic congestion across the country was down anywhere from 15 - 60 percent in 2008, with fewer people on the roads in a down economy.
Lean or lush times, however, find roadways in Chicago to be busy.
Between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday is now the most-congested travel hour of the week in the Chicago area, according to the INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, a yearly look at traffic congestion across the nation. Last year, it was the 5-6 p.m. hour on Fridays.
The reason for the change?
It could be that more people are working part-time or "flex-time," and Friday is a frequent day for flex-timers to take off or work from home, said Chicago traffic expert Joe Schwieterman.
Not surprisingly, the study found congestion is the worst in most cities on Fridays, between 4 and 5 p.m.